Tokyo BLOCKS Hackathon 2018

Now in its second year, the Tokyo BLOCKS Hackathon is an opportunity for designers, artists and software engineers to build together music experiences with ROLI’s instruments and music software.

In partnership with

MI7 – Cycling’74 – SONICWIRE

About Tokyo BLOCKS Hackathon

Now in its second year, the Tokyo BLOCKS Hackathon is an opportunity for designers, artists and software engineers to build together music experiences with ROLI’s instruments and music software.

Tokyo BLOCKS Hackathon will be hosted by JSPA during the Musical Instrument Fair, 21-22nd October 2018 in Tokyo.

Background

BLOCKS is a hardware music environment developed by ROLI, allowing to create new music gestures and practices. BLOCKS can be entirely customised with Max, Javascript or C++, to develop interactive experiences for desktop, mobile and web. The hackathon will bring together artists, developers, designers and product visionaries to create unique creative experiences.

Mission

Over two days, team up with designers, developers or artists to invent interactive experiences. Everyone is invited to join the hackathon: from students to experienced developers, designers , artists and musicians. It is the perfect place to build and test ideas. You can either bring an ongoing project or start one from scratch, use the technologies available and join a project!

Reward

The hackathon takes place during the Musical Instrument fair, 20-21 October 2018.

We will offer great prizes to the best teams. You will also get to meet artists and engineers that will guide you and give you feedback on your projects.

Register HERE

Last Year's Winning Projects

What is BLOCKS?

BLOCKS is an ensemble of hardware tools that connect together to allow to customise your musical creations. BLOCKS works as a usual MIDI controller, but can also be customised. BLOCKS is used by artists all over the world to perform and compose. Find out more about BLOCKS here.

How does it work?

One the first day, after the presentation of the technologies, we will invite you to form small groups of 3-4 people (typically 1 engineer, 1 tester, 1 designer, 1 musician), to work on a project of your choice.

The goal is to develop a project over 24 hours that you will present at the end of the event. This project is not restricted to the technologies we present, it can be anything you want to do! You can build a musical instrument, a game, a light installation or a music remote control.

We will present to you software technology (Javascript, C++, Max), but you can use other technologies or hardware. As part of a team, you will brainstorm ideas and share the tasks to come up with a fun idea to present.

Here are two examples of projects built during a hackathon at ROLI:

To join a team, you can be a musician or music producer, an artist working with interactive technologies, a software or web developer, a designer, a product manager, or someone curious to learn new things and willing to work as part of a team. Please bring your personal computer with you!

API Partners

ROLI
JUCE
Cycling’74

Schedule

Saturday 21th October 2018
9:30am: Registration
10:30am: BLOCKS API presentations
11:30am: Artists / sponsors presentation
12:30: Lunch. Participants team up in groups of 3-4 and start hacking
6pm: Curfew participants can continue at home

Sunday 22nd October 2018
11 am: Hackathon resumes
1pm: Lunch
2pm: Hack presentations (2 min per hack)
All code released on GitHub as open source
4pm: Prize for the best hacks
Drinks and networking
6pm: Curfew

Prizes

1st prize
1 Seaboard Block and 1 Lightpad Block for each member of the winning team

2nd prize
1 Developer Kit for each member

More prizes to be announced soon!

Jury

Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut
ROLI
Tatsuya Shiozawa
Atsuda-san
Hideyuki Oimatsu
MI7

Further Information

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